Northwest Health completes $3.7 million behavioral health unit expansion project

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Springdale-based Northwest Health has completed a $3.7 million expansion of its behavioral health unit (BHU). The 5,679-square-foot project added 18 beds for acute care to the existing 29 beds.

“Our goal is to stabilize both psychiatric symptoms and our patient’s overall medical condition to return them to the community with improved function and stable outpatient follow-up,” Dr. Brian Hyatt, psychiatrist and medical director of Northwest Health’s BHU, said in a statement.

The BHU is housed at Northwest Medical Center-Springdale, the only acute care hospital offering adult behavioral health inpatient services in Northwest Arkansas. It provides patients with a combination of medical assessment, psychiatric evaluation, group and activity therapies as well as education and support to both patients and their families who care for them.

Treatment available for adults can address a wide range of acute psychiatric illnesses, including bipolar disorder, severe anxiety and psychosis.

“There is a high need for high-quality behavioral healthcare services in our community,” Northwest Health CEO Sharif Omar said in a statement. “Our investments are addressing this need so we can provide greater access for individuals and families close to home.”